F1 Fanatic’s funniest Caption Competition winners of 2017

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From a surprise retirement to some dodgy moves on the track, 2017 was not short of laughs. Enjoy the best of this year’s Caption Competition winners.

118: Rosberg in retirement


All season Lewis was suspicious of his new chief mechanic, but he could never quite put his finger on it.

119: Press conference

Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Charlie Whiting, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2016

The mannequin challenge craze begins accidentally in the pre-race press conference

120: Bottas and Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton, Shanghai, 2016

“I don’t know Valtteri, Donald Trump just tweeted that you joining Mercedes is a total lie fabricated by the media.”
Justin (@Vivagilles27)

121: Ecclestone’s exit

Bernie Ecclestone, Bahrain International Circuit, 2016

“The time has come, execute Order 66.”

122: Ricciardo’s latest ‘Shoey’

Daniel Ricciardo, David Coulthard, Red Bull, 2017

As per his new year tradition, Coulthard was waiting for Hakkinen to finish first.
Steve Rogers (@Yossarian)

123: Perez’s plane

Sergio Perez, 2016

Pre-flight Checo

124: Bottas at Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Stuttgart, 2017

“Here’s my set-up, Lewis.”
Dom (@3dom)

125: Bottas and Rosberg

Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2017

Bottas: “How’s life after F1?”
Rosberg: “It’s just constant crying and toys being thrown out of the pram!”
Bottas: “So no different then?”

Philip (@Philipgb)

126: Ericsson’s many faces

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, Albert Park, 2017

After the Australia 2015 debacle, Ericsson was determined to give himself the best possible chance at the Sauber drive.

127: Hamilton and Vettel

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Bahrain International Circuit, 2017

“…And that’s how I overtake my Finn. How about yours?”
“Nah, he’s never in front…”


128: Vileneuve and Alonso

Jacques Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

Villeneuve: “So the 500, eh?”
Alonso: “Yeah, didn’t have anything better to do that day anyway!”


129: Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

98, 99, 100
Ready or not, here I come!


130: Alonso goes back to school

Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Andretti, 2017

“So this is what a chequered flag looks like…”
Pat Ruadh (@Fullcoursecaution)

131: Four guys in a boat

Carlos Sainz Jnr, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat, 2017

Newey denies the distraction of working on the America’s Cup has affected the design of this year’s car.

132: Baku driving

Baku City Circuit, 2017

“Honey, I think that red car just rear-ended us again.”
Brian (@flyinglapct)

133: Mini-Alonsos

20 years after retiring, everyone is surprised that Alonso’s grandchildren are still being forced to serve his McLaren days’ grid penalties
Hzh (@Hzh00)

134: Ricciardo in the cockpit

Daniel Ricciardo, 2017

The spanner had been missing for about half an hour before Ricciardo found it
Graham (@Guitargraham)

135: Stroll vs Vandoorne

Lance Stroll, Stoffel Vandoorne, Hungaroring, 2017

Vandoorne and Stroll quietly draw out their game to avoid the awkwardness at the ping-pong table
RP (@Slotopen)

136: Ericsson vs Wehrlein

Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber, Hungaroring, 2017

Two-thirds of Sauber’s table tennis doubles team practice together
Philip (@Philipgb)

137: Verstappen’s army

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2017

“That little Brazilian guy said your hats look funny.”
Roth Man (@Rdotquestionmark)

138: Singapore marshals

Singapore, 2017

The marshals’ sweepstakes team gambled big on a Ferrari DNF.

139: Arrivabene

Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2017

Taking Christian Horner’s advice after Singapore, Maurizio Arrivabene decided to get his eyes checked.
KnGS (@Godoff1)

140: Whiting and Ericsson

Charlie Whiting, Marcus Ericsson, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2017

“Charlie, my provider is saying I went over my data allowance! Please explain to them I didn’t gain a lasting advantage so shouldn’t be penalised.”
Philip (@Philipgb)

141: Santa Hartley

Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso, Yas Marina, 2017

After switching the sleighs deers for Honda power, Santa hopes there’s a Claus in his contract.

142: Christmas at Red Bull

Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 2017

Daniil Kvyat receives his latest Christmas card
James Brickles (@Brickles)

Over to you

Which is the best? name your favourite Caption Competition winner of 2017 in the comments.

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19 comments on “F1 Fanatic’s funniest Caption Competition winners of 2017”

  1. The Ecclestone one just fits perfectly.

    1. Oh, if there’s ever a casting call for Star Wars villains, Bernie should show up.

    2. Yes, agreed. So, who are the Jedis then? The drivers? Noooooooooooo! ;-)

      1. @ijw1 it’s F1… everyone’s* on the dark side.

        Maybe the fans constitute the other side? 😃

        * Well, maybe not Sir Watkins and his ilk.

  2. 133: Mini-Alonsos.

  3. petebaldwin (@)
    23rd December 2017, 14:27

    Lots of funny ones there but @Hzh00 wins it for me. :D

  4. I like 134: The Spanner. But they’re all pretty good.

  5. Love the creativity, I liked 127 the best

  6. Many good ones.
    Very impressive of @philipgb to get 3 of his selected. Well done.

    1. Finally doing something with my life

      1. And that’s a caption competition of the year comment winner to add to your year :D

  7. I don’t know about anyone else, but Ricciardo finding the spanner was the highlight for me.

  8. #127 for me.. great one @Tango

    1. Yep good one :) @tango

  9. Has to be Riccardo and the spanner.

  10. I got a laugh out all them. Thanks for putting this together.

  11. I like Alonso’s grandkids the best, bravo…

  12. 134. Ricciardo and the spanner.

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